Open/Fresh Air Coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CoyoteMagic, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm getting ready for new chickies come spring. I'm trying to decide how I want to keep them. I live outside of Charlotte, NC. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are normally pretty mild, the last 2 have been snowy and cold, but thankfully they tend to be short. Last frost is usually mid April and first last of October.

    I have my version of "The Playhouse" coop. I'm thinking of using this for some Sebrights.

    Maybe a couple of tractors like this.

    I have an ugly coop that needs a bit of work.


    [​IMG] (that's Tessy the Headless Chicken in the foreground)

    I'm thinking of redoing my big coop in the Open/Fresh-Air Style--something like this, though this is a dog kennel

    Community nestbox with access from the outside.

    Does anyone have a picture of their open/fresh-air coop they could share? Would like to have more ideas.

    ETA---the big coop is 8x8 6ft in the front and 4ft in the back. It's no longer connected to the dog run. I'm thinking that it will be able to slide around like a super tractor when I re-do it
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011
  2. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    here is mine. has worked quite well the last 6 months. the floor is sand. the roofed side of it has 2 five foot roosts with a poop board under it. i have some big girls so i also used a sawed off pool slide ladder to help them climb up.


    the whole thing is 5 feet by 16 feet or so. i keep 7 ladies in there but let them out to roam the front yard when i am home. works pretty well.
  3. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    I don't have any pics - but I think open/fresh air coops are a great way to go. I use a converted rabbit hutch. Where I live in California the weather never gets too harsh, so most of the year the girls get great ventilation and wonderful air flow. During the couple of months that we do get cooler, breezy weather, I have storm-like shutters that I put up to block the cold wind.

    Have fun working on your coop. [​IMG]
  4. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    North Idaho
    [​IMG] By the looks of your post Ms Coyote Magic you suffer from this chicken match problem! (Im afraid I may be next!)[​IMG]
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hi CM! [​IMG]I like the design of that last one (the dog kennel). [​IMG] It looks very easy to build and with just a few adjustments, could serve well for a few chickens. It seems that you could also make it portable. I think you've seen my open air coop, but I'll post it here again. It's almost one year old now and I'm very pleased with it.
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Hey, you can't get more open air than this one!


    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Seriously, you can check out a few of mine on my website. I live an hour and half from you.
  7. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Quote:wow, how do you keep kids off of it? [​IMG]
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Gallo, Tuscon, Really? Gag [​IMG] Sorry, force of habit. ASU Alumni here, lol.

    I've seen your coop before, VERY nice. I like how you have done the attached run. We both know how over powering the Arizona sun can be. It's very similar to what I want to do with "The Playhouse" coop but I don't know if mine is deep enough. It's plenty heavy enough. All 2x6 deck boards and 2x4's which were free. It has never held chicken, lol. Held my Bobwhite quail which is why it is open in the front of the coop. I was in the process of painting, putting in a new floor and raising the run roof when first chemo and then winter hit. I'd love to see a couple of picture of your coop box and how you have it set up. I'm think a community nestbox on that one side where the access door is.

    Thank you for your input!
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:wow, how do you keep kids off of it? [​IMG]

    I was wondering that myself!
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:I used to have REAL plastic playhouses as coops but when I got sick I had to get rid of everything. I used storm shutters and wire on the inside of the windows to keep our critters and still provide good ventilation, it worked wonderfully.

    I have rabbit hutch that I use as a brooder, hadn't thought about using it as a coop. Will give that some thought too.

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